On Sunday I arrived back to find a little parcel of onion sets – and some garlic sets – both of the same family [allium] anyway, had been dropped at my door.
I’ve spoke here about onions and garlic before, but for me its massively important as it marks the start of the growing and planting season. Some say that
…it must be too cold to be doing anything in the garden
I say take this advice at your very own peril. If, you wish to have some produce within the next couple of weeks then now – as versus in hindsight is the time to start spending 20 minutes or so in the great outdoors.
And you really can’t get anything simpler to start with. I’ve planted mine in large window boxes and tubs and dropped them at the back door of my house.
How Do You Do It…?
Last week [as the podcast would have told you… 😉 ] I cleaned out my planters.
I replaced just the top 6 inches of compost and added in some new stuff
Give the soil a light firm down and even it out
[image 1 above left] Place out your sets just so you can see them laid out…
make a hole to the left of it with your finger tip
Then tip each your onion set in so its just below surface level
And brush some soil over to cover them in
I didnt water the soil – but if you must, do so before you pop your sets in
easy peezy chalky cheezy
any hassles just leave a comment
About 6 inches apart for both garlic and onions
And now all you have to do is wait….
Why did I plant mine in pots ? Honestly, most people I know do it this way because they haven’t and aren’t going to turn their entire gardens to allotments and become farmers. If you only want to spend 20 minutes in the garden then this should be right up your street.
Remember about 10 should be enough for a large window box.
Like I said above, the same rules apply for garlic. And they are, in very simple terms, just sisters from the same family.
In a couple of weeks you should be doing a bit of this… 😀
The above is my crop of onions that I harvested on Saturday.
Some seem to suggest that I have a relaxed attatude to growing my own. But that’s just it. It’s mine. Also, I like to think that I just make it look too darned easy 😉 I know people who can’t grow. Who have tried to grow and failed at the very first hurdle. I simply hope this takes some of the myth and hypes out of what is essentially a very simple process.
I grew these from members of the Allium family from sets [tiny weeny bulbs for want of a better description]. I paid zero attention to the names and spacings. I just popped them in the the pots. Once again and the same as with any bulb [a store of food] the only thing to remember is that they are planted twice their own depth below soil level.
In conversation with Michael Nugent Snr the questioned suggestion was should one trim the foliage, bend it, or tie it over as one might do [I don’t] with a daffodil. I don’t, put simply. I think plants should be just that and sometimes they are allowed to look a little rugged or ragged. They also look really cool tied up in the kitchen.
This is wild garlic. It is the ultimate in free food. You’ll find it in most hedgegrows and damp woodlands. Go and grab yourself a little clump… a *little* clump I said! Plant it in and around the base of some hedges, near a ditch or a damp patch.
Around this time it is a simple blanket of white flowers. And so very pretty. You’ll know it because the beautiful waft that will come your direction…. will let you know.
Here’s the low-down so I don’t bore you to absolute botanical tears
the difference here is the leaf is used for the flava’.
because of that you can crop away to your hearts content, forever!
it tastes a lot milder
great substitute for garlic & spring onions & you won’t be ‘stinky breath’ 😆
Unknowns to most all of the photos above look the same… maybe? What you have is two brothers than can do the same job. Because for thr purest, there are two types of plant in those 6 images. The wider leafed single flower is the Ramsons or Allium ursinum….. images number 4,5 & 6. While the ‘3 cornenerd leek or the Allium triquetrum is more grass like in leaf and the flowers come in little clusters [rather than in singles] – see images 1,2 & 3.
A little ode to Calvin for reminding me all about this… funny how he managed to do so… 🙂
Also known as Garlic, these cloves [fresh] from China I bought in Superquinn!! Carbon footprint my tusche. The builders have destroyed my crop so I needed a fresh batch to grow from. I was surprised to discover their origin but these will be planted & not used for cooking.
To grow: Split the cloves. Plant 2″ down & 4″ apart. Plant now and lift at the end of summer when the leaves die off [as you would with most bulbs]. Let them dry and/ or replant. Free garlic!
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